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Cecil Balmond
Cecil Balmond
* Colombo, Ceylon, 26 February 1943
nationality: british
Balmond Studio
Unit 9 190a New North Road
N1 7BJ London - United Kingdom
Tel: +44.(0)20:7043.0651
www.balmondstudio.com
info@balmondstudio.com
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES
 
 
Cecil Balmond, ArupCecil Balmond OBE is widely considered to be one of the most significant creators of his generation. An internationally renowned artist, architect and engineer, Balmond transcends the conventional boundaries of discipline. Before setting up Balmond Studio in 2011, Cecil was Deputy Chairman of Arup. He was also Chairman of Arup’s European Building Division and ran the critically acclaimed design group, AGU (Advanced Geometry Unit). Balmond’s pioneering work with the AGU, and collaborations with internationally-renowned architects, brought his unique design philosophy to the world.

Balmond has spent over 40 years investigating the relationship between form and the very roots of order at the core of life. This groundbreaking approach has won Balmond numerous awards including:
 Officer of the Order of the British Empire for Services to Architecture (2015) ; the IED Gerald Frewer Memorial Trophy (2011); the Sir Banister Fletcher Prize for his book Informal (2005); the Riba Charles Jencks award for Theory in Practice (2003); and the Gengo Matsui prize for the Serpentine pavilion designed with Toyo Ito (2002). Snow Words, a light sculpture created for Anchorage, Alaska was heralded one of the best public artworks in 2013 by the American for the Arts, Public Art Network Year in Review.

Balmond is a Professor of Architecture at Penn Design (Paul Philippe Cret Chair 2005 to 2015, Associated Faculty 2015 - present) where he founded the Non-Linear Systems Organization (NSO), a material and structural research unit at University of Pennsylvania. Balmond has also been Visiting Saarinen Professor at Yale University School of Architecture, 1997-2002; Professor at LSE Urban Cities Programme, 2002-2004; and Visiting Kenzo Tange critic, Harvard Graduate School of Architecture, 2000
AWARDS
 
2016
Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture
University of Virginia

The award is the highest accolade bestowed by the University, which does not grant honorary degrees. It recognizes the exemplary contributions of recipients in endeavors which Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and third U.S. president, excelled and held in high regard. Awards are given in Architecture, Law, Citizen Leadership and Global Innovation.

Balmond joins the list of distinguished architecture medal laureates including Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Philip Johnson and Frank Gehry. The award has been given annually since 1966 and is now in its 50th year.

“By any measure and in any age, Jefferson was a brilliant mind, and the founding father who best embodied the American spirit of ingenuity in multiple fields,” said Leslie Greene Bowman, President and CEO of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello. “His vast contributions to science, architecture, academia, diplomacy, and culture reflect an insatiable appetite for useful knowledge and dedication to improving life in a new nation. We are honored to welcome the 2016 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal recipients, each of whom has had, and will continue to have, a profound impact on our world.”

“For a long time I have seen the name of Mr Jefferson as a talisman, defining bold horizons and being an ardent brand for discovery and refined design. To be part of this heritage, in receiving the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal for Architecture this year is indeed a very great honor and one that truly delights me,” says Cecil Balmond.

The awards are presented annually on the 13th of April, Jefferson’s birthday, by the President of the University of Virginia, and by the President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation - the independent, nonprofit organization that owns and operates his home, Monticello. April 13th is known locally as Founders Day, celebrating Jefferson’s founding of University of Virginia in Charlottesville in 1819.
2015
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
For Services to Architecture
2011
IED Gerald Frewer Memorial Trophy
BUILDINGS
 
2009 - 2011
ArcelorMittal Orbit
United Kingdom » London
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BIBLIOGRAPHY
 
WRITINGS
BY THE ARCHITECT
Cecil Balmond, Element, Prestel, London 2007
Cecil Balmond, "La linea che scorre/The line that flew", Domus 854, dicembre/december 2002, pp. 78-79 (72-79)
Cecil Balmond, Informal, Prestel, London 2002
Cecil Balmond, "Informale e nuove strutture/New Structure and the Informal", Lotus international 98, settembre/september 1998 [Costruzioni/Tectonics], pp. 73-74 (70-83)
Cecil Balmond, Number 9. The Search for the Sigma Code, Prestel, London 1998
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INTERVIEWS
 
 
Jonathan Root, "Interview. Cecil Balmond", Blueprint 292, july 2010, pp. 44-48
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EXHIBITIONS
 
 
Informal, Monticello, USA (VA), University of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson Foundation, 28 march / 15 april 2016
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Structural designs by Cecil Balmond
 
 
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